Tis­sue re­search in­sti­tute to ben­e­fit in­jured sol­diers

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

CONCORD, New Hamp­shire: The De­part­ment of De­fense is pro­vid­ing $80 mil­lion to es­tab­lish a bio-re­search and man­u­fac­tur­ing in­sti­tute in Manch­ester, New Hamp­shire, to de­velop trans­plant tis­sues and or­gans for in­jured Amer­i­can sol­diers and other pa­tients. The five-year award was an­nounced Wed­nes­day by Demo­cratic US Sen. Jeanne Sha­heen, Repub­li­can Sen. Kelly Ay­otte and Demo­cratic Gov. Mag­gie Has­san. All three were strong sup­port­ers of lo­cat­ing the in­sti­tute in Manch­ester and had urged the De­fense De­part­ment to sup­port the project.

“This is a mon­u­men­tal in­vest­ment in the fu­ture of New Hamp­shire and fur­ther es­tab­lishes this re­gion as a hub for sci­en­tific re­search and de­vel­op­ment,” they said in a state­ment. “This is an im­mense and crit­i­cally im­por­tant mis­sion and we have full faith in this es­teemed coali­tion as they take on this re­search that will save lives on the bat­tle­field as well as here at home.” The Ad­vanced Re­gen­er­a­tive Man­u­fac­tur­ing In­sti­tute will be led by a col­la­tion that in­cludes DEKA Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Corp, the Univer­sity of New Hamp­shire and Dart­mouth-Hitch­cock.

Of­fi­cials said it will bring good jobs to Manch­ester and give the state’s col­lege grad­u­ates op­por­tu­ni­ties to work on cut­ting edge bio­med­i­cal re­search. Both UNH Manch­ester and DEKA are in Manch­ester’s Amoskeag Mill­yard, al­low­ing for ef­fi­cient com­mu­ni­ca­tion and co­or­di­na­tion, said Univer­sity of New Hamp­shire Pres­i­dent Mark Hud­dle­ston. He said the cam­pus will serve as the home of a cell cul­ture train­ing fa­cil­ity for stu­dents and work­ers from through­out the re­gion.

Devel­op­ing tech­niques

“UNH has vi­brant and ex­ten­sive life sciences re­search, ed­u­ca­tion and work­force de­vel­op­ment pro­grams, with par­tic­u­lar strengths in cellular bi­ol­ogy, bio­med­i­cal sciences and bio­engi­neer­ing. We are hon­ored by this recog­ni­tion from the De­part­ment of De­fense for our lead­er­ship in STEM ed­u­ca­tion and work­force de­vel­op­ment,” he said. STEM is an acro­nym for sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics. The in­sti­tute is the 12th man­u­fac­tur­ing hub awarded by the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion. Ac­cord­ing to the White House, it will de­velop tech­niques for re­pair­ing and re­plac­ing cells in tis­sues, pos­si­bly lead­ing to the abil­ity to make new skin for sol­diers scarred from com­bat and tech­nol­ogy to pre­serve or­gans for those wait­ing for trans­plants.

Be­yond be­ing eco­nom­i­cally and sci­en­tif­i­cally im­por­tant for the state, the in­sti­tute’s work will be trans­for­ma­tional for fu­ture or­gan trans­plant pa­tients, said Dr. James We­in­stein, CEO and Pres­i­dent of Dart­mouth-Hitch­cock. He be­lieves re­searchers will de­velop ways to make tis­sue on struc­tured frame­works that could be im­plantable within five years. “It’s ex­tremely im­por­tant for our vet­er­ans who lose limbs and or­gans that we might be able to make them new ones us­ing stem cells and 3-D print­ing,” he said. “This is go­ing to be foun­da­tional and ground­break­ing work for the fu­ture of our coun­try and our world.”—AP

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